December 21st, 2020 by Chris Leone
For the first time in series history, the iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship makes the trip to New York on Monday night, visiting Weedsport Speedway for 35 laps of action between the world’s top dirt oval sim racers. After five straight weeks of racing for the first half of the year, Weedsport begins the second half of the season after a week break, and marks the final round of 2020 before the current series season wraps in January 2021.
At .375 miles, Weedsport sits in the happy medium between the quarter-mile bullrings and high-speed half-mile ovals that make up a majority of the series schedule. Home of the Empire State Challenge for the real-world NOS Energy Sprint Cars every summer, the world’s top 35 virtual sprint car drivers will attempt to add their names to the long and esteemed list of Weedsport winners.
If any two drivers have a better shot at that than the rest, they’re Alex Bergeron and Hayden Cardwell. Bergeron, the two-time defending series champion, and Cardwell, last year’s Morton Buildings Late Model World Champion, are 1-2 in points after dominating most of the season so far. Bergeron’s three wins have him on top, but Cardwell’s consistency has him just two points behind the Canadian in the championship. The odds are that the higher finisher between the two tonight leads the standings going into the new year.
But just because Bergeron and Cardwell have extended a gap on the pack, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a number of other top drivers that should challenge for wins tonight. Knoxville winner Tim Ryan is just six points back of Kendal Tucker for third in the standings, and has actually led the most laps of any driver across race events this season with 105. 10 drivers have scored top five finishes so far in the season.
DirtVision is the new home of the iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship for the 2020-21 season. Fans can visit www.dirtvision.com and register for a free account to watch every race of the season for free on Monday nights at 9PM ET.
Tonight’s iRacing World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car World Championship action from Eldora Speedway kicks off at 9PM ET on DirtVision. The series returns to action in two weeks’ time from Weedsport Speedway, which will make its iRacing World Championship debut. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.